Pascal Siakam had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 26 points as visiting Toronto won its fifth straight with a 115-105 victory over the Nets.
Serge Ibaka finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors (56-23), who need to win their final three games to match last season’s franchise record for victories. Their victory prevented the Milwaukee Bucks from clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
D’Angelo Russell had 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Nets, who fell to 39-40 and missed another chance to improve their playoff situation. They came into play seventh in the East but could have moved ahead of Detroit after the Pistons fell in Indiana.
Brooklyn has lost four of five.
“They were the better team. I don’t know how else to say it,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “They were better from start to finish. You have to give them credit. They’re a team that’s going to compete for a championship. We were not up to those standards that you have to be almost perfect and we weren’t. I would say we were average and that’s not good enough to beat that team.”
The Nets had cut the deficit to five early in the third quarter before Siakam made a pair of baskets around Marc Gasol’s 3-pointer to make it 66-54. Toronto would get the lead as high as 14 points in the quarter and led 90-78 entering the fourth.
MAGIC 114, KNICKS 100 Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 13 rebounds and Terrence Ross scored 23 points off the bench for host Orlando.
Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon had 19 points apiece for Orlando, which is chasing Miami for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Mario Hezonja scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half for New York. Kevin Knox scored 21 points and Emmanuel Mudiay had 13 points and 10 assists for the Knicks, who have lost seven of eight.
New York cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two points late in the third quarter, but Ross singlehandedly stopped the rally with three straight 3-pointers that gave Orlando an 85-74 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.